Eoin Macken is an Irish actor, director and model, perhaps best known for being a featured model on GQ and playing the role of Sir Gwaine in “Merlin”. This biography has complete details about the famous actor/model, and his relationship with actress Anya Taylor-Joy. Keep reading to get the scoop on both celebrities.

Early Life, Family, Educational Background

Eoin (pronounced as Owen) Christopher Macken was born on 21 February 1983 under the zodiac sign of Aquarius, in Dublin, Ireland. He has Irish ethnicity and nationality.

Eoin has two sisters (Freya being the younger), and both parents raised them. His father, James Macken, was a Barrister at Law, while his mother worked as a nurse.

Although details of his early education remain a mystery, Macken developed an interest in drama while studying at University College, Dublin.

Around the same time, he started modeling for popular fashion houses. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2004.

Career

Modeling

Eoin Macken’s modeling career kicked off at 19 when he was a college student; he was on the catwalk at the university’s fashion shows in 2002 and 2003.

Subsequently, he joined Morgan the Agency, a renowned modeling agency in Ireland. His affiliation with the agency made him famous in Ireland, and he soon became in high demand for various fashion companies.

Late in 2003, Macken was selected to be the face of the Abercrombie and Fitch campaign. Five years later, he served as the face of Braun’s 2008 campaign, and Macken has since modeled for Ralph Lauren and GQ, among others.

Acting

Eoin Macken started appearing in short films in 2005; he co-starred with Brendan Gleeson and Emmet J. Scanlan in the short film “Studs” (2006).

He co-wrote and edited his debut feature film, “Christian Blake”, in which he played the lead character Christian; it premiered at the 2008 Mid Ulster Film Festival. Subsequently, Eoin moved to Los Angeles to study under acting coach Vincent Chase.

In 2008, he made his TV debut as Gavin Cluxton, the drug dealer in Season 19 of the Irish soap opera “Fair City”. Between 2008 and 2010, Eoin appeared in films/TV shows such as “Fifth Street” (2008), “Once Upon a Time in Dublin” (2009), and “Raw” (2010). From 2009 through 2010, he played a supporting role in the BBC drama “Small Island”, in which he portrayed an American soldier, Calhoon. In 2010, he made a guest appearance as an English officer in the seventh season of “The Tudors”.

Eoin joined the cast of the fantasy-adventure drama “Merlin” in 2010 and played the role of Sir Gwaine for 30 episodes of the show. Then in 2014, he landed the lead role as Dr. T. C. Callahan opposite Jill Fling and Ken Leung, in the American medical drama, “The Night Shift”.

Other major roles have included In “Nightflyers” (2018) playing Karl D’Branin, the astrophysicist and leader of the Nightflyer expedition, after which he landed a lead role as Gavin Harris in “La Brea” (2021). Other films in which Eoin Macken has appeared are “Suspension of Disbelief” (2012), “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2016), “The Wedding Invitation” (2017), and “Till Death” (2021).

In October 2020, Epic Pictures announced that Eoin Macken would star in the Irish horror film, “The Cellar”, opposite Elisha Cuthbert.

Directing

Eoin made his directorial debut with Una Healy’s “Don’t Leave Me Alone” music video in 2008. In the same year, he directed his first feature film, “Christian Blake” which he also starred in.

In 2009, Eoin directed “The Fashion of Modelling,” an hour-long documentary about the rudiments of modeling in the Irish fashion industry, which aired on RTE 2 on 24 May 2009. Other films which Macken has directed are “The Green Rabbit & the Ice Cream Girl” (2016), “The Night Shift” (2017), and ‘Here are the Young Men” (2020).

According to Macken, what he loves about filmmaking is that ‘it’s a collaborative effort, and you get to work with people who know so much more than you do.’

Eoin Macken

Personal Life, Relationship

Eoin’s father died in 2007; he preserves his father’s memory by wearing two charms around his neck, his father’s wedding ring and an Egyptian symbol charm from his mother.

He was romantically involved with Irish singer Una Healy, but they broke up after two years. He also dated Irish actress Kellie Blaise.

He started dating British actress Anya Taylor-Joy in 2017 after they met on the set of “Crossmaglen”. There were rumors of an engagement between them, but they never addressed the rumors. Eoin and Taylor-Joy broke up in 2019, and the actor has kept his love life quiet ever since.

When speaking to Virgin Media’s Elaine Macken said, ‘it’s hard to maintain a relationship when you’re moving around, especially if you’re involved in music or film.’

Eoin Macken has homes in Dublin and New York, and his work schedule decides where he lives at each point in time.

Appearance, Clothing Style

Eoin Macken is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 150lbs (70kgs). He has short brown hair and brown eyes. As a longtime model, Macken is a fashion icon through and through. He dazzles in classy suits on the red carpet, while on casual outings he can be seen rocking a leather jacket or button-down shirt.

Hobbies, Favorite Things, and Interesting Facts

  • Eoin’s favorite song is “Bat Out of Hell” by Meatloaf.
  • He is skilled in swimming, horseback riding, kickboxing, sailing, and surfing.
  • Eoin Macken also loves traveling.

Net Worth and Salary

As of late 2021, Eoin Macken’s net worth is estimated at $2 million, while his ex-girlfriend Anya Taylor-Joy is reputedly worth $3 million.

Who is Anya Taylor-Joy?

Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy is an actress and model, best known for portraying Elizabeth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit”. She was born on 16 April 1996 under the Aries star sign, in Miami, Florida USA. She has a mixture of Spanish and Scottish ancestry, but holds dual nationality from Britain and the United States.

Anya was raised by her parents, Jennifer Marina Joy, a psychologist, and Dennis Alan Taylor, a former banker. She spent her childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, therefore Spanish is Anya’s first language.

Anya and her family moved to London when she was six years old; she stubbornly refused to learn English at the time, in hopes that they would move back to Argentina. She had her early education at Hill House and Queen’s Gate School, Kensington, where she received ballet training and took part in school plays.

Due to the constant bullying she faced at school, Anya dropped out at 16 to pursue an acting career. At 17 she caught the attention of Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Management, who later scouted her as a model.

Anya made her on-screen debut with the role of Philippa Collins-Davidson in the British detective drama series “Endeavour” (2014), and the following year made her feature film debut, playing Thomasin in “The Witch” (2015), a role that won her an Empire and a Gotham Award.

From 2016 through 2019, Ms. Taylor-Joy was cast in various movies, including “Barry” (2016), “Marrowbone” (2017), “Crossmaglen” (2018), and “Love, Antosha” (2019).

In 2020, she played the titular character in the screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma”, and the same year starred as Beth Harmon, chess prodigy in the Netflix miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit”. For her role in the series, Anya won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries.

Anya maintains utmost privacy regarding her romantic relationships. Since she broke up from Macken, she has dated photographer Ben Seed and is now with American musician Malcolm McRae; she maintains that ‘there’s a beauty in being anonymous.’

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